Bibb schools honor volunteers | News
Working without pay is not a problem for volunteers at Bibb County schools. During this school year, volunteers donated more than 130,000 hours.
Friday, the district honored all of the volunteers.
Denise Shepard, one of the volunteers honored Friday, doesn't receive a check from Williams, but she does get special kinds of benefits.
She says, "It's rewarding. It's probably one of the most rewarding jobs you can have."
She volunteers three to four times a week during the school year. Her usual day starts at the school around noon and ends at 5 o'clock, sometimes later.
Volunteer work is more than just watching over classes. Sometimes they can go so far as grading papers or even teaching lessons. Shepard says the most important part is the emotional connection she shares with all of the students.
"The kids need you. They appreciate you. You're like family," she says.
Shepard's honor is an exclusive award that grandparents and retirees who have donated the most hours.
Without volunteers like Shephard, the district would have to spend more money.
Over 14,000 volunteers donated their time this school year.